Canku Ota


(Many Paths)


An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 10, 2001 - Issue 29



Black Lodge Singers

Black Lodge—Take it Away! That’s the call at many pow wows across the United States as the Master of Ceremonies calls the drum group to begin. And Black Lodge does just that—takes it away.

The Black Lodge Singers are a group of vibrant and exciting drummers and singers that perform for pow wows everywhere. The group is led by Kenny Scabby Robe, a Blackfoot Indian, is also the father of most of the drummers. Kenny has twelve sons whom he has groomed and taught to sing and drum. Kenny laughs and says that when they first began the MC would call for “Black Lodge” and people would walk off the floor. Not anymore!

Kenny is strict with his young group. They are not allowed to drink or carry on and are taught a strict discipline with the drum. Black Lodge is perhaps most “famous” for their children’s songs. Kenny felt that kids were losing interest in their culture, in the drum, and in the songs. Songs like “Mickey Mouse” and “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” are to pull them back to the drum.

Tribute to the Elders has been nominated for one of the first, ever, GRAMMY awards in the Native American music category.

Black Lodge Singers




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